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Briefly in Denton and the area


Travis announces run for second term as sheriff

Denton County Sheriff William Travis made it official Thursday morning, kicking off his campaign for a second term.

A Republican and businessman, Travis was first elected sheriff in 2012. He founded X-Ray Business Solutions — a venture capital firm — after working in law enforcement. He was a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, a police officer for the city of Dallas, a security police officer in the U.S. Air Force and a boatswains mate in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Travis also serves as a volunteer firefighter in the Argyle Fire District, which serves Argyle, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Corral City and Northlake.

He also serves on the board of directors of the YMCA of Flower Mound, the Heroes of Denton County and the Texas Jail Association.

Travis has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Mississippi. His campaign website is

Travis faces a challenge from fellow Republican Tracy Murphree.

The Texas primary election is March 1.


Award-winning journalist set to speak at UNT

Pulitzer Prize-wining journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas will speak at the University of North Texas on Wednesday as part of its Distinguished Lecture Series.

An undocumented immigrant, Vargas plans to discuss the changing American identity beginning at 8 p.m. in the Main Auditorium, 1401 W. Hickory St. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5.

Discounted tickets are available for UNT faculty, staff and alumni and free to UNT students.


Scout completes project at Wheeler House

Hunter Blake of Lake Dallas completed his Eagle Scout project Saturday with help from fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 208 in Lake Dallas

Blake and 16 other Scouts, with the help of five adults, built a patio and fireplace for families at the Wheeler House.

The Wheeler House provides interim housing for women and children who are homeless.

The house also provides hope and health services for others in need. It is a project of Serve Denton.

The group spent the weekend spreading 4 cubic yards of gravel, 3 cubic yards of sand and laying 300 pavers so that the residents have a nice area to have picnics and enjoy the grounds.

— Staff reports